Anyone who watched Gotham this past Monday night had their mind blown. For those of you who haven’t yet played back your DVR and are waiting for the weekend to delve back into the dark drama, this article contains major spoilers.
Long story as short as possible, from the beginning, Penguin (Robin Lord Taylor) worked for Fish Mooney (Jada Pinkett Smith), betrayed one of her plots to the Major Crimes Unit detectives, got caught, was sentenced to die but survived by appealing to the ethical side of Det. James Gordon (Ben Mackenzie) who then faked Penguin’s death.
Penguin leaves Gotham in hiding, kills a bunch of people for mostly no reason, and then returns, joining with Don Falcone’s (John Doman) competitor, Don Maroni (David Zayas) as a kitchen boy.
Penguin moves up quickly, culminating in a standoff once he reveals that he is still alive to all involved and Maroni and Falcone come to an arrangement where Maroni can keep Penguin alive as long as Maroni gives Falcone a small piece of his property as a good faith gesture. Whew.
If that weren’t intense enough by itself, the end of the last episode reveals, as Penguin suddenly appears on Falcone’s property and waddles over to him for a hug, that the two had been in cahoots from the start. In exchange for Falcone sparing his life after he snitched on Fish Mooney, Penguin has orchestrated all mob-related events since in favor of Falcone, snitching on everything from Fish’s secret affair with Falcone’s No. 2 guy and her plans to backstab Falcone for her own gain to all details regarding Maroni’s operation.
Sit down if you weren’t already. Robin Lord Taylor was just as shocked as the rest of us at the sheer magnitude of Penguin’s cunning. Watch the exclusive clip below as Taylor and Jada Pinkett Smith discuss the shocking reveal and it how if will affect future episodes.
Watch upcoming episodes of Gotham Monday nights at 8 p.m. on FoxCT.